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Thyroid disease highest in Alberta

A new survey shows a far higher percentage of people in Alberta suffer from thyroid disease than in any other province.

A new survey indicates a far higher percentage of people in Alberta suffer from thyroid disease than in any other province.

Fourteen per cent of Albertans who were called during the survey by Harris/Decima Research have a form of thyroid disease, compared with nine per cent of adults nationwide.

"It is a little bit surprising to us," said Dr. Norman Wong, a professor of medicine at the University of Calgary.

"It is a concern. The next step will be to try and do some studies and figure out why we have so many people in the province with hypothyroidism."

The thyroid gland regulates growth and the speed of metabolism in the body. More than 2.4 million Canadians have been diagnosed with the disorder.

The survey of more than 1,000 Alberta residents was conducted in January and July and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.